Bunshaft, Gordon The Beinecke Library, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Gordon Bunshaft, inaugurated in October 1963. Three Yale alumni gave it to the university: Edwin J. Beinecke in 1907, Frederick W. Gibbs in 1960 and Henry P. Davison in 1961.
Bunshaft was an American architect who is best known for his work with Moses, Skelton & Co. He was born in Baltimore on April 2, 1877, the son of a lawyer; he died in New York City on August 10, 1946. After studying at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began his own practice in Boston in 1897. In 1901 he moved to New York City, where he became one of the leading architects of its day. He is particularly noted for his Art Deco buildings. In 2007, the Modern Architecture Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, held a major exhibition about his work.
He came up with the idea for the Beinecke Library while visiting Japan in 1903. He proposed building a library with modern facilities for students, scholars and teachers. The plan was accepted by Yale President Charles Seymour, who had it approved by the board of governors. Work started in late 1907 and the library was opened eight years later, in 1925. It is considered one of the first academic libraries to place special emphasis on undergraduate research.
The city chose a classic Beaux-Arts design created by German-born and educated architect P.J. Weber of Chicago in August 1903. The 55,000-square-foot library's construction began in the spring of 1905. The Central Library Carnegie, located at 1000 Fourth Avenue, was dedicated on December 19, 1906. The total cost of the building was $150,000 ($1.5 million in 2006 dollars).
Weber also designed the University of Washington's Main Building which today is part of the School of Medicine. That university building was completed in 1908. In addition, he planned several other libraries for other cities but only two other buildings were actually constructed: one in Spokane, Washington and another in Portland, Oregon. Both are still in use today.
The Seattle Central Library is one of the most refined libraries you will ever visit with its special atmosphere that makes you feel like you're in a great reading room. It is set up with study rooms, a large auditorium, and many small groups of book-loved rooms where you can find even more treasures beneath the surface. There are also three restaurants on site!
You can learn more about the history of the library on a series of light boxes located throughout the building. They tell the story of Seattle's growth from its original settlement to the present day.
The Central Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Richard Meier: Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier created the structure, which has received several design accolades, including recognition from the American Institute of Architects as one of the "ten outstanding works of American architecture of the 1980s" in 1991. Lucinda Weil Bunnen, an Atlanta-based collector and photographer, gave what? S believed to be the original price tag from the High Museum's construction site in Atlanta back in 1996. It reads "$20 million."
The High Museum of Art was founded by a group of citizens and private donors who wanted to create a world-class art museum that would also serve as a center for cultural activities in Atlanta. The museum opened its doors to the public in October 2001. It is located on the fifth floor of the former Coca-Cola headquarters building at 2120 Georgia Avenue NW in Atlanta's Uptown neighborhood. The $150 million project was designed by renowned Chicago architect Richard Meier with input from five other international architects.
Meier said he chose to make the new museum look like a gathering place for artists and intellectuals in 1919 America rather than a traditional gallery space. He said he also wanted to include some modern features into the design such as computerized lighting and temperature control. The museum's collection includes more than 10,000 objects dating from 1848 to the present day.
A documentary film about the creation of The High Museum called "How Rich Designed This Thing" premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
In October 1979, the contemporary library was dedicated. The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France, is claimed to be startlingly similar to the initial design for the Kennedy Library—both were designed by I.M. Pei. Pei also designed the Stephen E. Smith Center expansion in 1991. It is worth mentioning that the Louvre Pyramid was never actually built.
The Modern Library in Paris has about 75,000 volumes on its shelves. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There are three levels of the library. On the first level are fiction, non-fiction, children's books, and magazines. On the second level are journals, newspapers, and academic journals. On the third level are archives, special collections, and libraries.
The building was officially opened by President François Mitterrand on October 5, 1979. However, Mitterrand did not read any books during his visit because there were no books available at the time of the opening ceremony. The actual opening took place one year later, on October 5, 1980.
Currently, the director of the library is appointed for a period of five years. Before this appointment, they must have been a library employee for at least two years.
It is one of five separate libraries that comprise the Brown University Library. The library was named after John D. Rockefeller Jr., a classmate from 1897.
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Since its completion, the library has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's biggest public library building. Thomas H. Beeby, the architect and chairman of Hammond, Beeby, and Babka, received the renowned Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2013 for this and other projects.
The library is a National Historic Landmark because it represents one of the first large-scale experiments in modern American library architecture. It was also the first major commission for an African-American architect. The library stands as a symbol of Chicago's commitment to equality and social justice.
Harold Washington Library serves as a center for community life in its neighborhood by providing a place for people to meet, learn, play, and work. It is a popular destination where people can check out books, use the computer labs, take advantage of the health services, or find help with their homework.
The Harold Washington Library is especially important for its collection of literature for children and adolescents from around the world. It boasts one of the largest collections of children's books in the United States and is known internationally for its work with young readers. The library's collection includes more than 1.5 million books in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Chinese, and many other languages.
It also has one of the most extensive research facilities for students and scholars at any public library in the country.